Composer Dirk Haubrich, Han Otten u.a.

Monday, 30. November 2009
08:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Duration est. 1 hours 15 minutes

Prices G

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Künstlerische Gesamtleitung und Choreographie
Jiří Kylián
Dirk Haubrich
Bühne und Licht
Michael Simon
Yoshiki Hishinuma

Caroline Geiger
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The Migratory Birds were, are, and remain an homage to the theatre, a reverence to the performing arts that demands all of the assets of its performers! In the repertory of the Bavarian State Ballet, they stand for a truly unique dance spectacle, a multi-media show and an explosion of emotions. The audience goes on an audio-visual exploration tour through the maze of the below the stage area, opening doors that remain closed to the “ordinary” theater guest. The scenes witnessed here evoke a wide spectrum of emotion: from thoughtful to saddened to outright laughter. We love our Migratory Birds at the Bavarian State Ballet, perhaps because they really are an innate part of our identity.

The cast has rarely changed since the world premiere. Migratory Birds are loyal, they always return from a journey to their point of departure.



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“I think, that our task as choreographers is to search the extremities of our souls,” says Jiří Kylián. Since the early 1970s, the celebrated Czech choreographer has created more than 100 works – most of them for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). His creations are inspired by many different sources, combine diverse art forms and defy categorisation.

First smitten with the magic of circus, young Kylián started his studies as an acrobat. At the age of nine, he began to train at Prague National Theatre ballet school. Six years later, in 1962, he was accepted at Prague Conservatory and, in 1967, won a one-year-scholarship for London’s Royal Ballet School. There he met the influential choreographer John Cranko, who not only offered him a contract with Stuttgart Ballet but also encouraged him to embark in a career as a choreographer.

In 1975, Kylián left Germany to become artistic co-director at Nederlands Dans Theater, for which had created several pieces before. After the successful premiere of Sinfonietta (1978) at the “Festival of two worlds” in Charleston, South Carolina, he was given full responsibility for NDT’s artistic direction. Symphony of Psalms (also 1978) was the second significant creation of this time. This work had a decisive influence on the further development of the company and its international reputation. In the mid-1980s, Kylián’s work became more abstract as can be seen in the Black and White choreographies. This was due to an encounter with Australian Aboriginals that shaped his understanding of dance as an important “corner stone” of our social structure and an inevitable facet of our “artistic horizon”. Kylián marked NDT’s 35th anniversary by creating Arcimboldo (1994) for the three companies of NDT. The three-dimensional structure of the NDT is unique. Each company employs dancers of a different age, making the NDT one of the most diverse ensembles in the world. Unfortunately, in 2006, NDT III, which was for dancers older than 40, had to be closed due to financial shortages.

In 1999, Kylián resigned from his position as NDT’s artistic director but kept on working as resident choreographer until 2009.

In the course of his career, Kylián received many international honors, including “Officer of the Orange Order”, a doctorate at Juillard School New York, three Nijinsky Awards (Best Choreographer, Best Company, Best Work), the Prix Benoit de la Danse, the Honory Medal of the President of the Czech R Republic, and “Commander of the Legion d’honneur”. In 2008, he was distinguished with one of the highest royal honours, the Medal of the Order of the House of Orange, given to him by Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands.

In 2009, Kylián created Zugvögel for Bavarian State Ballet. Three years later, in 2012, the ensemble will perform another work of the Czech choreographer: Gods and Dogs which premiered in November 2008 with NDT.

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